Idaho Falls man sentenced for 2013 stabbings

District Judge Alan C. Stephens on Monday placed an Idaho Falls man on probation with an underlying sentence of three years in prison Monday for stabbing three men in July.

David Cadena, 18, pleaded guilty to aggravated assault with a deadly weapon. Pursuant to a plea agreement, prosecutors dismissed two additional counts of battery.

Jefferson County prosecutor Robin Dunn said the stabbing victims participated in the decision to dismiss the charges.

Dunn said Cadena will serve three years of supervised probation. If he violates his probation, the judge could send him to Jefferson County Jail for six months or send him to prison for one and a half to three years.

Cadena stabbed a 16-year-old Idaho Falls boy in the torso, back and stomach with a butterfly knife at a July 14 party in Roberts.

Brothers Gabriel A. Ramirez, 21, and Alejandro Ramirez, 20, also were stabbed as they tried to break up the fight.

All three victims were treated and released from Eastern Idaho Regional Medical Center.

Cadena, who was 17 at the time, was charged as an adult. Dunn said this was because Cadena was nearly 18 and the adult court system has more treatment options.

Reporter Ali Tadayon can be reached at 542-6746.